Dear Carmel Creek Families,
Social media and digital citizenship are an important aspect of our overarching safety and wellness support to the children. Many of our families have been introduced to the website Common-Sense Media (https://www.commonsensemedia.org). If you have not explored this site, there are several resourceful topics you may want to explore. Some, but not all topics include:
- Device Free Dinner Time
- App and Movie Reviews
- How to Talk with Children About Difficult Subjects
- Violence in The Media
- Screen Time
- Special Needs and Learning Difficulties
- Character Strengths and Life Skills
Our teachers participate in digital citizenship training and are always striving to teach our students best practices around computer safety. Mrs. Lothspeich, our media center teacher and Mrs. Borin, our technology instructor, wanted to share some points on “common sense email” practices. The ideas came from a recent Common-Sense Media site post. Highlights follow:
- Encourage children to consider the audience and purpose for their email.
- Prompt kids to get right to the point.
- Stress to only write what they would say directly to a person’s face.
- Suggest, that children use uppercase type only on rare occasions.
- Remind kids to proof read.
If you are interested in additional information you may access the link from our website quick links “digital citizenship” section.
Save the date: Annual Heritage Festival, March 22nd 4pm to 6pm. This is a special afternoon where our students dress in native costume, share favorite family foods, may perform dance or a poem in their native language and share favorite lawn games/sports or board games from their home country. We cherish our brilliant kids and the diverse culture at Carmel Creek. Hope you are able to participate. Thank you to Timmy Paraskevopoulos, our wonderful volunteer and PTO event chair.
We appreciate all of our parent and caregiver participation during conference week.